Blur In A Week

If you are a VC and interested in human computer interaction and you aren’t going to Blur, you’re about to miss the most important and interesting HCI event of the year.

If you are an entrepreneur working on something HCI related, you are also missing out if you don’t come to Blur. I’ll be there as will my three partners at Foundry Group. We will be fully engaged for two days in one of our favorite themes that has spawned investments like Oblong, Fitbit, Organic Motion, Sifteo and Orbotix.

In case you wonder how a conference like Blur can impact the trajectory of a young company, just take a look at the backstory of how we (Foundry Group) ended up meeting and investing in Gist. TA McCann, Gist’s CEO, came to Defrag (another conference like Blur that Eric Norlin runs and we participate in), hunted me down, and took me for a few runs. TA got me hooked on the product and a few months later we lead the Series A financing with Vulcan. This particular story has a very happy ending as RIM acquired Gist yesterday for an amount that put big smiles on everyone’s faces.

The agenda at Blur is awesome. Eric Norlin is an absolute master at putting on highly relevant conferences around a theme (his other two are Defrag and Glue.) Once again my friends at the Kauffman Foundation have provided some great scholarships for Blur and – like all of Eric’s conferences – there will be lots of time for people to spent together talking about and playing with the great stuff they are working on.

Oh – and for anyone tired of winter, it’s in Orlando. Sign up and come hang out with me, my partners, and a bunch of amazing HCI stuff for two days next week.

  • http://20minus.com Thanasis Polychronakis

    Alright! Attend Blur, score funding from the Foundry Group =) Unfortunately i will miss :( If only it happened a week later…

    btw check what DISQUS had already written for me when i landed on this page:
    “It’s always rewarding to stand back and understand how and why you do things the way you do, keeps you in check.”

  • Anonymous

    Just trying to imagine the joy of the Gist acquisition news there at ground central. Headstands of joy for everyone!
    #DoinWhatUdo

  • Scott Johnson

    Weather forecast is for sunny and 80. This is looking pretty attractive:)

  • Anonymous

    Looking forward to it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/samedaylawyer Rich Weisberger

    Pitchers, Catchers and Computer Visionaries….. “Play Ball”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.larsen Steve Larsen

    Absolutely superb conference! I’m so glad I went.